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American Detective Fiction    April 1841-July 1891

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Leaves from the Diary of a Law-Clerk by the Author of “Recollections of a Detective Police Officer,” &c. London: J.C. Brown & Co., 1857.
 
The Wife’s Evidence
  dinner. “His strange habit of walking in his sleep has then, as we feared, resulted fatally at last!”

“So the paper doubtfully hints,” replied my wife, still with the same odd quivering of lips, eyes, and voice; “but you know it was Charlotte’s care that not only the door spoken of, but her father’s bedroom window should be securely fastened after he had re­tired to bed, either by herself or her husband. Ah! there is his knock again! Goodness me how I tremble,” she added, turning pale as death, and, it seemed, scarcely able to stand. “He has been here twice before!”

“Whose knock?” I hastily demanded, for my wife’s evident panic partially affected me; “and who has been here twice before?”

“Charlotte’s husband, Richard Warren, to request your presence at the inquest to be holden tomorrow morning . . .

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“HAVE you heard of the accident that has befallen poor old Mr. Goldsworthy?” asked my wife in a hurried, trembling way, the moment I entered the house, one bitterly-cold snowy evening in winter.

“Not I! what accident?” was my somewhat sour ungracious rejoinder; the wind and snow that had been blowing in my teeth for the last three or four hours as I sat perched upon the box seat of the Chelmsford coach, having given an unusually keen edge to both my temper and appetite.

“He fell or threw himself last night from the folding doors of the loft leading from his bedroom on the third floor of his house, in Newman Passage, Newman Street, Oxford Road, into the paved court below, and must have been killed on the spot,” replied my wife, partly reading from a newspaper in her hand.

“God bless me, how dreadful!” I exclaimed, thoroughly interested spite of my eagerness for

   

 

 


 

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